The most important thing, when doing energy-work, is to build a strong energy-field, or energy-body. Getting to know your energy-field, and building its frequency and size, means that you are also developing your Self. You are your energy field. It contains everything you need to know. It is like a vessel, a container for everything that you are in this lifetime, be it emotions, patterns of behaviour, thoughts, frequencies, keys, codes, memories and knowledge, both of this lifetime and all the other lives which you have lived. Everything you have ever learned is in this field, although, like a computer, you only use certain ‘programs’ at a time.
When doing earth-work it helps if you FEEL the energies with your body. Your body is your map of the chakras that are being activated and which are not. Most earth energywork is felt in the Hara, the heart and the head, although sometimes it can be felt in other centres too.
Here is the exercise that I used to develop sensitivity in my energy-field so that I could get to know how I ‘felt’ in myself, and when I was doing energy-work or healing. Working with your energies directly, also provides you with an emotional map, because changes made to your field effect your behaviour, bringing things to the surface, as trapped emotional energies are released. The more you release, the more effective you become as an energy-worker. So here is the first basic exercise.
Building your connection to Sun and Earth and Creating Healthy Boundaries.
1. Sitting in a comfortable position, but not so comfortable that you want to fall asleep. Keeping your back straight, state your intention silently to yourself that you are going to be spending the next 20 mins strengthening your field. Take a deep breath into your Tan Tien (Small Star at your navel) and breathe out a long relaxing breath…
Continue breathing in and out of your Tan Tien, until you feel ready to continue. At this point you should be more aware of the ‘inside of you’ than ‘the outside of you’. Moving your awareness inside can take as long as it takes, so just keep breathing until you feel fully centred, your awareness focused in your Tan Tien.
2. Now imagine that a gold line, the Hara Line, is extending from your Tan Tien into the earth beneath you. Let it connect to the earth’s core. When it ‘feels’ anchored, imagine that the gold line is also moving up into the sun, through your body. Anchor it there and wait until you feel that line connecting you to sun and earth, is stable. Sit with this feeling of connection for a couple of minutes. This line makes you feel strong, centred and confident. It is your spiritual connection to All that is and to the Heart of the Mother. Your Tan Tien is the centre of your being.
3. You can see the sphere of your energy-field all around you. Your Tan Tien is at the absolute centre of this sphere. To know the extent of your field, it should be at your fingertips, when your arms are outstretched and parallel to the ground.
If your aura is closer to your body then it can feel like you are being oppressed by others around you. Your own ‘personal’ space is not valued by others. You feel ‘squashed’ and small. You might pull it in to protect yourself. (image on the left is an energy-field which is too expanded).
If your aura is larger than your arms’ width, then you put a lot of your energy into outside things. People might perceive you as a ‘larger than life’ personality, or as dynamic and forceful.
4. ‘Look’ at the boundaries of your field. Is it spiky? Wobbly etc. How it looks is how you feel. A healthy aura should be at your fingertips with your arms outstretched to the side. If it is doing any of the above then you can change it. If it is too big, mentally ‘pull’ it to a healthy size. If it is too small push it out, until it is at a healthy size. If you find either of things difficult to accomplish then it is pointing to issues which keep you in that pattern, so you are being given a clue.
Again, it is your field and you decide how it acts, so try again. If it helps, you can physically draw in or push out with your hands. I often still do that because it feels more tangible.
When you can bring it in to as healthy a size as possible, you can create a safe boundary around it. A protection, if that is needed. Allow your subconscious to create an image which means protection to you. If you work with other protective energies, such as the Violet Flame, then you can place those around your field.
Once you have placed your chosen protection around your now ‘healthy-sized’ energy field, you can take a few breaths and bring your awareness back into your physical surroundings, feeling more relaxed and empowered.
Do this basic exercise a few times a week and see how both your behaviour changes and the behaviour of others around you.
If you have always had problems asserting your values and needs then you might find that you stop being a doormat, and people start treating you differently as a result. Working with your energy-field helps you ‘know yourself’ better. (The image on the left is an energy-field which needs expanding).The more you use it, the easier it gets and you can soon do the entire exercise in a couple of minutes, or when you are walking to work, or even on-site!
This is the foundation for the other work to come, so becoming proficient in playing with your energy-field makes the exercises which follow, that much easier.
If you want to go into Auras in more depth, I would recommend both of Barbara Brennan’s books. Hands of Light, and Light Emerging.